Motor vehicles have always been central to the business of security systems sales and installation. However, their impact on operational costs has never been more prominent following an extended period of economic pressures and, more recently, record-high gasoline prices. These factors make SSI‘s 2011 Super Security Fleets study — the industry’s first comprehensive project of its kind — especially timely and valuable.
The research covers a multitude of considerations and challenges, including fleet sizes, vehicle brands and types, fuel usage and alternatives, GPS and other technologies, insurance, leasing vs. purchasing, and more. Nearly 400 company fleet managers and other supervisors or owners involved in making vehicle purchase decisions participated. The survey was conducted earlier this year by Bobit Business Media Research and has a margin of error of approximately 5 percent with a 95-percent confidence level. In other words, the data is reasonably accurate and reliable.
Among the findings: fuel economy is the top fleet concern (see “In Depth” report), but “greenness” is a low priority; GM and Ford vehicles are more than twice as prevalent as any other make; more than four of five vehicles are purchased as opposed to leased; two-thirds of vehicles are permitted to be kept at employees’ homes; and more then four in 10 installation/service vehicles are equipped with GPS systems. Leading it all off is SSI‘s first Top 25 Security Fleets ranking.
View SSI‘s Top 25 Security Fleets.
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